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January Monthly Favourites ft. Real Techniques and Bobbi Brown!

I am thrilled to talk about this month’s favourites!  Last month was quite a boring month (even if it was Christmas month…) because I didn’t really try anything new or if I did, it was very late within the month. Mainly, I stuck to my previous favourites so nothing changed. Despite so, my last favourites post actually fared really well, so thank you everyone! 🙂

I haven’t been beauty shopping much* because I am trying to use up what I do have whilst also resetting my current collection – both in skincare and makeup. This month’s buys consist only of two brushes (featured here) but everything else are months old in terms of purchase, so you can imagine my delight when I finally got round to trying (and loving) them!

*I’ve bought bits and bobs from Home Bargains the other day, but they were extremely cheap and cheerful. Half were essentials and replacement items! 

Here they are, in all their glory, my favourites of the month…

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Featured in this post:

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes in ‘300’ and ‘100’
Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (Part of Core Collection)

Clinique Sheer City Block SPF 25
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in ‘1.2N’
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash

Cleansing balms over oils except for this one:

If you had to ask me, I am definitely more of a cleansing balm person. I prefer the texture, and really enjoy how it melts into the skin for that rich moment of massage. However, I recently tried out the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil and I am in love! It’s very different to other cleansing oils that I have tried before. It’s not greasy at all…for an oil, it is very clean as it doesn’t slip and slide – it’s very no-fuss. Best of all, absolutely NO residue. My skin always feels clean whenever I use this.

Another two to add to the collection:

I have been wanting to buy new brushes for months. I am still on the hunt but for now, I have two new brushes that I have been using a lot lately. The Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes in ‘300’  is a tapered blush that’s great when you really want to define colour across your cheek bones. As such, it’s suitable for contouring too since it has that more precise tip.

I have also been enjoying the ‘100’ which is an arched powder brush. It is a dome shaped, flat brush which makes it versatile to either sweep powder over the face, or to lightly pat depending on your preference or what product you’re using (pressed or loose powder). It makes a change to my powder brush since the flatness allows application to reach the crevices and contours of the face. The bristles in particular (for both brushes), are very soft! (More so, than their general line.)

When a brush eventually comes into play:

If you couldn’t tell, I own a bunch of Real Techniques brushes – not all that are in existence but most of the ones from their original line. To be honest, a few brushes are redundant however, I have found use for one unused brush recently and it’s the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush. I’m very late to the game but I actually started highlighting and have been enjoying this to pat it on lightly and precisely. Contrary to its name, it is far too small to be a foundation brush of any kind but for highlight, I think it is great!

A re-visit and a repurchase:

If you have been following me for a long time, you may have seen this post before. I featured the Clinique Sheer City Block SPF 25 in it which I long finished. I recently repurchased it on sale and I still love it just as much. Funny story – I had a bit of a scare that this got discontinued because I couldn’t even locate it on the website, but I think they were just re-organising everything online and in-stores. The product has minimal coverage so it’s perfect for those no makeup makeup days. It evens out my skin and hides the minimal redness that I do have which makes it a staple in my kit. Plus, the SPF!

Still testing but so far so good:

I bought The Ordinary Foundations months ago when it was all the hype because of how inexpensive it was. I did open them and swatch them, but never did continue after that. Recently, I’ve been testing out The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in ‘1.2N’ and I do really like it! The shade is a tad light for me, but nothing a little face colour can’t fix! 😉 I particularly enjoy how good of a base it is underneath all my other makeup. It really melds everything together. Oil control is good too!

Most people seem to rave about the serum foundation more but for now, I’m really enjoying this one and think it could become a staple in my collection. I will do a comparison review between the two once I have tested out both considerably. 🙂

My eyelash game has completely changed!!:

It’s no secret that I’m not blessed in the eyelash department. They’re short and stubbornly straight which means not all mascaras hold a decent curl on my lashes. (Oh, the struggle.) I bought the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash upon recommendation from Stashy without a clue that it’s essentially a mascara primer. But it doesn’t matter – after one application, I realised how much a product like this was missing from my life. It lifts my lashes in a really clean manner, providing a stronger base that my mascara can cling onto rather than weigh down. I may have said before that I’m not a fan of the Lash Sensational but using this primer has really helped! My curl actually holds now and I can’t quite believe it. Recommend!


An early Favourites post! For sure, this month has been very enjoyable for me. Please share with me your favourites for the month down below, or if you have tried any of these products! 🙂

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22 Comments

  1. Really enjoyed reading this! I’ve actually used eyelash primer for a couple of years and the one I use really helps your lashes strengthen and grow too. I buy it off Amazon and it’s got argan oil in it xx

    • Oo sounds great! I bought this one off eBay! It was only £4? Shipping takes a little long because it ships from South Korea but it’s worth the wait. 🙂 Thanks for reading! xx

  2. I really want to try the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer (also because of Stashy). I need major help in the eyelash department!

    A lot of people seem to prefer cleansing balms over oils. I personally like oils more because I feel like cleansing balms leave a residue that oils do not – it comes off on the second cleanse, but I still feel like the oils make my skin feel cleaner even if it’s not actually true haha. With that being said, I haven’t tried the Clinique Take the Day Off, which everyone says is amazing!

    • I definitely recommend it! I bought the other version too which I think is more lengthening but I’ve yet to try it. It’s really exciting using this mascara primer because it helps me use up mascaras that I previously thought were quite mediocre for me! 🙂

      I have tried both oil and balm for Clinique Take the Day Off. I prefer the balm but some people prefer the oil so it’s personal preference really. I do really like the oil, it’s just not an immediate first choice. I’ll tell you which cleansing oil I want to try at some point though – the Shu Uemura one!

  3. You’ve totally sold me on the Eyelash Fixer. It’s already on my wishlist but not I’ll definitely have to try it soon! Well, as soon as delivery from Korea allows!! X

    • I 110% recommend it! I ordered it just before Christmas so delivery times were probably longer for me because as far as am aware, they dispatched it the next day. (I ordered it 15th December or something, and didn’t get it till about 3rd January.) It’s really saved me from throwing away some mediocre mascaras actually and I can’t wait to try out different combinations. 🙂

  4. I really want the RT 100 brush! It’s so beautiful and I’ve been using the original powder brush from them for years and I want to upgrade! I have the 200 for the eyes and it’s so soft I love it 😍😘

    • I love it! I also think the design is a bit more travel-friendly if you are going abroad or on a weekend trip. I love their original powder brush too but this is so much more softer! I’ll need to check the other brushes out. I might try the contour brush next?

  5. Yay, you love the Bobbi Brown cleansing oil too! It’s still my current cleansing oil and I was really surprised how much I like it (I sort of discount non-Asian brands when it comes to cleansing oils…)

    I’ve been testing The Ordinary Serum Foundation and first couple of times I didn’t love it (it slides right off my face and became shiny quickly) but I tried it with a different primer and it seems to be better. My shade match isn’t great though… I have 2.0N. The girl said since it’s a sheer coverage, the colour should be “fine”. Nope, too dark. 😛

    And yippee on the Dr. Mascara! Game changer. 😀 The Lengthening version has massive fibres in it and it poked at my eyes. But online reviews seem to like it. I hope it works well for you.

    • You know, I still haven’t tried any Asian oil cleansers, be it balm or oil! The one that I really want to try though is the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. That one looks great. I think there is one by The Face Shop which is also rated well. Maybe I can find some in HK?! 😛

      Ohh that’s the thing about shade-matching online. It’s so risky, and even when you’re careful to pick, it’s still a wrong shade! 1.2N in the Serum foundation seems a better match for me than the 1.2N in the Coverage foundation for some reason. I’m glad I didn’t get 2.0N for sure – I figured it’d be better to go lighter than darker if anything. I wonder if 1.2Y would’ve been a better match for me?

      Oh really? For some reason, I’d thought it’d be quite similar but with different bristles. I guess I’ll just have to try it! 😀

  6. The Dr. Mascara Longlash primer looks like this:

    See all those black bits? They irritated the heck out of my eyeballs. I rated it a 4/10 😮

    If you’re looking for Asian cleansing oils, please do try out MUJI’s Sensitive Skin version. I love it and it’s so inexpensive. I tried one of the Face Shop cleansing oils and I didn’t care for it – it left a residue on my skin.

    • Wow those black bits coming out of the tube actually look scary! 😮😮 I probably won’t open it till end of March. Thanks so much for your insights! 😘

  7. Nice range of products for your favourites. I’m also trying to use everything up because I tend to get more of the same thing and end up throwing old products away! I love the calligraphy background you used and definitely want to check out The Ordinary serum foundation and Etude House Mascara Fixer!
    ~Weng wengiful 

    • Thank you Weng! 🙂 Haha, the calligraphy background is actually my duvet sheet. Definitely give those products a try, both are cheap and cheerful so you have nothing to lose really!

  8. I bought the Dr Fixer too~~~*LOL* also because of Stashy. My parcel hasn’t arrived yet. Wow, I’m really surpsied that Clinique is phrasing out that City Block. I swear that it has been around since the 90s.

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